3. Christian Kirk to come back
This wasn’t exactly the senior year that Christian Kirk likely envisioned for himself. The unquestioned leader of an extremely young receiving corps, Kirk’s presence in the locker room seemed to outweigh his presence on the field this season.
There were moments when Kirk did his thing. A monster return against Arkansas reminded Aggies how dangerous Kirk could be with the ball in his hands. However, Kirk just wasn’t involved in 2017 as much as he was in 2016. He saw reductions in catches (83 in 2016 vs 58 in 2017), yards (928 vs 730) and touchdowns (nine vs seven).
Part of that drop in production was the extra attention Kirk received from opposing defenses. He was bracketed with a safety over the top more often than not. There was never a moment when the defense was not aware where he was on the field.
He’d likely find himself in the same set of circumstances next year, but the prospects of playing in a pro-style offense before making the jump to the NFL has to at least be interesting. Fisher will sit down with Kirk following the bowl game and discuss his future. A potential first round pick, it’s extremely unlikely Kirk returns. However, the momentum is becoming infectious in College Station and crazier things have happened before.